[Originally posted on UK Arts Directory]
If you like your rock ‘n’ roll loud and with attitude, you’ll be very happy to discover my featured band today. Massive are from Australia, but they are taking the world by storm. They will be touring the UK in October and November with The Treatment and Buffalo Summer, and will also be special guests at the Electric Mary show on 13th November in London. They are also playing Hard Rock Hell in November.
They’ve recently released their debut album Full Throttle, I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, but what I have heard of their music online, I have really enjoyed. It’s been getting great reviews. Here’s a link to a recent review by Phoenix Music: http://phoenixmusiconline.org/reviews/this-album-is-massive/
I caught up with Brad Marr (vocals/guitar) from the band recently for a chat…
Interview with Brad Marr of MASSIVE
How long has Massive been together and who thought of the title for the band?
We started in 2012 with myself and Jarrod Medwin jamming in Jarrod’s farm house attic. We met Ben Laguda at a pub shredding away and knew we had found our lead guitarist, while Aidan McGarrigle came around a bit later he could drink harder than us, he was also a bad ass bassist so we knew had the right line up.
We found this huge banner than said “Massive” on it and thought fuck what a cool name for a band. That was about it haha
Your bio states that you almost got arrested on your West Coast tour of America. How did that happen?
In LA there’s this 2am lock out rule meaning everyone looks for an after party. We met this guy who wanted to help the band so we invited him back to our hotel for drinks. We didn’t know but that meant we were throwing an after party and by the time I got there half of the Rainbow were out the front of our hotel. The other half were inside, playing our guitars, drinking our beers. Once the cops came they kicked everyone out, us included, meaning we were homeless in Hollywood. Some serious shit happened for the next few nights; we gatecrashed hostels and slept on floors, eh rock ‘n’ roll.
That would have made a great rockumentary!
Is it true that Security often get frightened at your shows? Tell us more…
There have been a few shows where we get a bit rowdy or get the crowd a bit fired up. We have been kicked out of our own shows for being too rowdy a few times, haha.
There was one show in Adelaide where I climbed the rafters and the security tried to pull me down; natural reaction was to kick my legs which resulted in the sound being cut and being escorted out of the venue. 200 people in a small dingy pub turned into 200 people on the street wanting to continue the party.
Your debut album “Full Throttle” has just been released. Who wrote the songs, and what were the inspirations behind the songs?
Jarrod and myself usually start with an idea and bring it to the other boys to help finish it, but there is no set structure. We are a very democratic band when it comes to songwriting. The inspiration is basically our lives. We write about the messed up shit, the struggles, the countless hours cramped in a van. Basically “Full Throttle” is our journey to right now.
Tell us about your experience of recording the album. How long did it take?
We recorded at Light Hill with an Aussie producer Ricki Rae. He has the chops to make rock ‘n’ roll sound fresh but still keep its roots. We went in and recorded the single “One by One” first, then came back and nailed the rest of the album in just over two weeks. We knew how we wanted it to sound so we didn’t waste time experimenting much in the studio.
You’ve toured extensively in Australia. What have been some of your favourite live shows?
There’s been a few memorable shows. One of my highlights was supporting Glenn Hughes on his Aussie shows. The Sydney show, we played the show of our lives. Marco Mendoza and Richard Fortus of Thin Lizzy/Guns N Roses fame were backstage watching the set. To have guys like that watching us and enjoying us was the biggest of compliments.
You’re touring to promote the new album and will also be coming to the UK. What can UK fans expect from your shows?
We aim to make every show a feel good high energy party, where you forget about the shit things happening in your life and just let loose and have a good time. That and a beer drinking, hell raising, anything goes rock ‘n’ roll gig!
What do you think of social media, and which sites do you think are the best for artists to promote their music?
People get caught up in social media like it’s the most important thing. Who cares about the 200,000 views on a viral video or the 10,000 followers on your twitter. Bands should get out and play some gigs, because numbers on a screen are just stats. People experiencing and enjoying your music first hand is what it is actually about.
Who were your music idols when you were growing up?
In no order: Guns and Roses, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, Rose Tattoo. You know, the good shit.
If you could tour with any other band, who would you choose and why?
Original Gunners because no one since has come even close to creating the energy they had. Led Zeppelin because they are Zeppelin!
Do you have any other news for your fans?
We have a few more Europe dates to announce, just waiting on the green light from management, we have been working on new songs already for album number 2; other than that just our guarantee that we’re at full throttle the entire time, we never want to stop touring so the plan is to just keep coming back to rock out to whoever wants to listen!
Fantastic! Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Wishing you continued success!
Meet Massive: a deadly 8 legged Aussie rock-monster that isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Assembled from parts lying around Melbourne in 2012, Massive are a volatile macho-rock engine fuelled on adrenaline, lager and a determination to party hard. Known to travel thousands of miles across the baking desert between gigs, these riot-starting, fist swinging road dogs mean business.
The debut album ‘Full Throttle’ is a breakneck all-killer-no-filler record which is brimming with attitude. Tracks like ‘One By One’ fuses aggressive and anthemic choruses with eye-watering solos whilst the bass-heavy testosterone soaked ‘Dancefloor’ is more circle pit than ballroom. The menace and grit of the band comes out in tracks like ‘Big Trend Setter’ which is an egotistical explosion of pure Rock’n Roll arrogance. ‘Now or Never’ is a white knuckle joyride with enough G-force to make your head spin and the middle-finger-to-the-man numbers like ‘Hollywood’ will whip up any crowd into an anarchic frenzy.
This is going to be Massive.
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